Chapter 8 Written / Published 29.10./3.11.16 Pics by author, unless indicated
Abbreviations, such as LOL, OMG or BTW are useful for slow typists. As I
was writing this chapter I thought of another, one I could use often,
ISH - It so happened. ISH, in this chapter the letters IS show
themselves off, creating some magical moments.
Every first Tuesday in November the whole continent of Australia grinds to a halt, while everyone within reach of a TV screen watches a horserace. Its name surprised.
Read about two Bobs, one who is a million Dollars richer, and another who lost all his worldly riches. We meet the new UN secretary, plus two beauty queens; one came from nowhere.
Lastly, kings make an appearance in their true colours and special number.
8. A L man ID
The fallout following Chapter 7 should not have surprised, but it always does. What I mean by fallout are the peculiar allusions that pop up after publishing a chapter. The date of Chapter 7, 2nd October or 2.10, was responsible for quite a few of these. They inevitably surface from all kinds of directions or situations, often on the TV screen or other media.
The day after publishing was Labour Day in Australia. Ever since arriving in this country I had wondered, why celebrate such a day, but then, just on that day, everyone gets a holiday?
In Adelaide the weather was still extremely unpleasant. For the first time ever I had to use sandbags to stop the inflow of water from a neighbouring property. It certainly was not a day for going out. So, like many would have done, I stayed home in the warmth of the lounge and entertained myself.
ISH, as I was being a couch potato, exercising my brain with a book of crossword puzzles, a surprise came. Take a look:
It was the jockey's 2nd win, the owners 5th, of this prestigious race.
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Bob Gass' daily Word For Today, which I read after finishing Chapter 7 on 2.10, happened to be the 2nd in a series of 7. It was titled 'God Is'.
*Love the name ... PL ace!
Do our children learn this in school? If not, life is meaningless! Little wonder many young people have no hope for the future, no motivation to do good, to love, to live a godly life. If only humans would be absolutely honest with themselves, accepting the fact that they are not in control of anything, not even their next heartbeat! God is!
ISH, half a day after writing the above paragraph I could not help myself, but take a picture on the screen in front of the church before the service. As if God insisted on confirming that HE really is. The date was 30.10.16!
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The answer to the question is yes. In order to really live, to live eternally, one must first die to self, give themselves over to God and live for HIM under HIS Almighty power. Friends, stop looking for pokemons, search for the Living God instead! If you're sincere, you will find HIM!
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nta Jesu ? Means what?
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Here's another quiz question, from the TV screen (Channel 9):
'Anthracite' is the name of a type of what? Crustacean, flower, star or coal?
Shortly after publishing the previous chapter on 2.10. there was another surprise meeting with two numbers 10. They came out of the blue and in blue. Here's how it happened:
At our church's recently opened Men's Shed, a place where I spend much time, I took on the task of restoring a broken church pulpit. It needed gluing broken timber and re-varnishing. As I was preparing to apply varnish, to avoid dripping any on the floor, I went to fetch some newspaper from our warehouse. A lady, whose name starts with J. handed me a stack of newspaper to use.
Ready to paint I placed sheets of the newspaper on the floor under the timber. Suddenly, my eyes fell onto two numbers; you guessed it - two numbers 10. Have a look:
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Now to the two gentlemen called Robert, or Bob for short. The first Bob is Mr. Day, a politician and respected businessman. As a home builder he had made a significant contribution to the housing industry, for which he was awarded an AO by Her Majesty in 2004. His building empire at the time was worth $ 400 Million. (Adelaide Now, 16 Oct 16).
In 2013 Bob Day was first elected to the Australian Senate in Canberra and re-elected in July 2016. (I recall the place, where I was, when I heard on ABC radio that he had retained his seat. Just at that moment I was driving past his business premises on Adelaide's Northeast Road.) In October 2016 Bob Day's supporters were confronted with the shock news that his company had collapsed and he would lose his seat in Parliament. (A bankrupt person can not be a Member of Parliament).
The second Bob is supposedly the best person to receive the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature. According to the Swedish Committee it is singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. After having been awarded the prestigious award, however, the 75 year old artist failed to respond to news of his good fortune. His silence stunned the world, just as the initial announcement of the song-writer's win had stunned the literature world.
Our ABC Online reported (only minutes prior to my writing here, in Book 15 Chapter 8) the following:
On the morning I started this chapter Bob Dylan is reported to have broken his silence. He told the Telegraph, UK: "It's hard to believe, it feels amazing, incredible. Whoever dreams about something like that?"
Why am I so interested in this matter? Is it because of an article a blogger wrote on Oct. 2, 2012 (2220 won!) saying Bob Dylan is still walking with Jesus? (blog.godreports.com.) Or because I had actively assisted in Bob Day's election to parliament?
Two Bobs making news!
For the real reason we have to go back almost 15 years, right to the beginning of my colourful writing career. In Book 1 there was a time when I identified with a deceased policeman called Bob. For a short while I signed my name as Bob D.
With this thought in mind I emailed a suggestion, tongue in cheek, to the media. The timing proved to be crucial. It was one day before commencing this chapter and just before Bob Dylan offered his response to winning the Nobel Prize.
The final catalyst for emailing the TV breakfast show was a comical headline, which scrolled across the TV screen. An event was to be held with the comical title: Truth Telling Conference. (I'd love to be there, honestly!)
Channel Seven's Today Tonight show the evening before had reported on the senator's case. I sensed a mocking undertone in their reporting. Other media reports were no different. As if a company director living in Adelaide was personally responsible if a tradesman in an outer Sydney suburb failed to install a door or window correctly, or built a brick wall that wasn't straight?
The latest bombshell in the case is a news item reported on our ABC TV on 1.11.16. The Government is considering taking his case to the High Court to decide if Mr. Day should have been eligible for election to the Senate in the first place. Here is what it said:
How many readers have heard of the pecuniary interest rules? Congratulations if you have; I haven't and to me it sounds like bull dust; some sinister elements scratching the bottom of the barrel to eliminate the opposition. The general public may be unaware of the appalling tactics of the extreme left-wing opposition.
South Australian Senator, Cory Bernardi, unashamedly supports traditional views and is not afraid to speak his mind against the latest 'popular western religion' - gay marriage'. In April 2016 his stance against the so called 'Safe School' program, infuriated some young people. They organized a protest and forced their way into the Senator's office and trashed it. Frightened staff had to lock themselves in another room, fearing for their safety.
During another protest rally earlier in 2016 one female demonstrator gave a speech. She shouted with great energy, demanding that gays have equal right to love who they wished. (So far so good). After she had finished the irate mob raised their loud voices chanting over and over: "We hate Bernardi - and the Liberal Party! "We hate Bernardi - and the Liberal Party! We hate ...." How quickly love turned to hate!
What about those Members of Parliament, who would otherwise vote NO to same-sex marriage, but are afraid of the backlash? The loud-mouths, violent rat bags, often students, who ought to know better, would have their way.
Thankfully, protesters can't intimidate solid believers into keeping quiet. They know what they stand for and keep speaking their mind, despite being ridiculed, mocked or physically threatened. This is why a plebiscite, when all can vote in a real democratic way, is a far better way to resolve the issue, especially in Australia, where voting is compulsory.
There is an argument in the debate saying: "Before we sent troops to Iraq, we did not spent millions on a plebiscite, but let parliament decide!"
True, but let's compare the two issues! The background information needed to make a strategic military decision, such as sending troops into a war zone, takes expert knowledge of history, political strategy etc etc.
To judge, if the term 'his husband' or 'her wife' is right or wrong, does not require pages and pages of complex information; only a basic knowledge of English grammar, which is understood by the ordinary citizens.
I'm reluctant to get involved in US politics, but would like to make two comments:
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(Back to the two Bobs). During the week leading up to above email various media had asked the question, why Bob Dylan was not responding to his big win. The question I had in my mind was this: "Would it not be funny, if I were to email the media about the case and this would cause Bob Dylan to finally respond?"
Crazy? Maybe, but there was a reason I thought like this. In early September a Labor Senator in Canberra, Iranian-born Sam Dastyari, had admitted to accepting money (a bribe?) from a Chinese company. There were calls for him to resign his leadership position in the Senate. For a week he refused to do so.
ISH, Senator Sam Dastyari resigned his position within the Labour Party leadership that same afternoon. The thought that my email had anything to do with it, sounded outrageous and arrogant. But it's the truth.
It's also true that the following morning, after I sent above Bob Dylan email to our ABC, the veteran singer /songwriter broke his two weeks silence. He finally commented to the Telegraph UK on his Nobel Prize win.
Before it was reported on Australia's TV screens, I knew about it after googling Bob Dylan. I promptly sent the information, just as I had read it online to our ABC TV 24.
Out of curiosity, why Bob Dylan would be awarded such high honour, I goggled his Ten Best lyrics. The very first one listed held a big surprise. Written back in 1976, called 'Hurricane" he wrote:
How incredible, Bob Dylan was speaking out on behalf of a falsely accused, and imprisoned man, a champion boxer. It is incomprehensible, how a man could have been found guilty of murder, twice, spends 20 years in jail and is then found innocent! Rubin Carter became the first president of Aidwyc, an organization assisting those convicted of crimes they never committed. He served from its beginning in 1993 to 2005.
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On Sunday, Oct. 16, 16 our church congregation sang a hymn, which starts and ends with the little word all: "All hail the power of Jesus' name ... and crown HIM Lord of all." During the same service we also sang: "All that I am," a song that got a mention in Book 12, Ch.15.
ISH that same Sunday morning on TV Channel 72 David Jeremiah had preached about the coming of the anti-Christ and Christ's second coming. As he was quoting a scripture from the Book of Daniel (8, 24) he spoke these words: "He [the anti-Christ] will destroy the mighty ones and also the holy people."
On the TV screen, however, appeared a slightly different text, ending in "...and all the holy people." I saw L = 50, which made sense to me. This is why I had the word all on my mind as we sang those two hymns in church that Sunday morning.
The following Sunday, October 23rd, the same hymn was sung again during worship. ISH a parishioner sitting right in front of me created a little fun. So I snapped this picture:
The following story and photos nearly did not make it into this chapter, but a number made me do it. What better story, after a crown, than one about Kings and the king?
On the evening, after painting the door red, my wife and I were watching a program on TV. A beautiful lady, Joanna Lumley, was visiting Memphis, Tennessee in search of the early history of the man they refer to as The King.
This made me decide to include this story. Glad I did because (ISH) I discovered a link between the king and No.1550. Take a look:
The king's name ends in IS.
The first and last letters (ES) which are not Roman numerals, are German for IT. My hometown's car registration letters are ES.
The Christian world expects the REAL KING to return to this world very soon. Nobody knows when. Prepare for IT. IT so happened ...